We were told that La Paz was where we needed to go for the best snorkeling in Baja. There is no doubt in my mind that this was accurate information (Thanks, Meghan!). About an hour and a half by car from San Cristóbal, you’ll arrive at a small beach called Playa Balandra. It has some of the clearest water that I have ever seen and it was a little slice of heaven. We stayed there for a few hours and took these photos, went snorkeling with the colorful fish, and decided to set up camp a little ways down at Playa del Tecolote, and find ourselves a beach club to rage.
We drove about 15 more minutes and reached, what seemed like, the end of the world. There you can swim with the coral reefs, rent a boat to take you flopping and flying around on a banana tube, jump on some jet skis, listen to very some very Mexican tunes (where you feel like you are in the film Blow in the 1970s), and eat all the fried fish you could want.
I love these photos because it reminds me of a photographer that Emily and I both love so much, Slim Aarons. Slim is known for his work photographing socialites, jet-setters, and celebrities. He used to travel the globe snapping beautiful images at some of my favorite architecturally designed locations like architect Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs and Hôtel du Cap Eden-Roc in Antibes.
After our fun in the sun, we were exhausted from the rays and wanted nothing more than to get massages on the beach that we had surfed at the day prior, so we drove back in the direction of San Cristóbal and headed for Cerritos Beach. When you arrive at the beach, you will find a number of different masseuses ready and able to serve you. However, we were advised that one tent happened to be better than all the others, so we went hunting. We stumbled upon a white tent with two beds with a guy and girl masseuse and we had found them- Jorge and Sophie. They will try and charge you more since you are foreign, but best to know what market price is for things like this before being in that situation. We paid $30.00 USD for a full-body, one hour massage, and that included tip. They will hold up a towel, you will take off your swimsuit, and sink into a long abyss as they rub down your body with essential oils. After the massage, they hold up the towel once more, you put your swimsuit back on, and go rinse off in the ocean. Sounds good, right?
Coco wears: Fella Danny Swimsuit, Vintage Printed Shorts, Vintage Sunglasses, Mexican Hat from Mexico City, Pink Ball Earrings. Photographer: Emily Diane. Location: Playa Balandra La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. City Guide: Todos Santos. Playlist: Bonjour Tristesse.